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ABOUT THE LIONS
The Lions Motto is “We Serve." For 90 years our Club's members have followed this mandate through the creation and support of a wide variety of facilities and service projects.
While Sight is the major institutional goal of Lionism, our bylaws also direct us to take an active interest in the Civic, Cultural, Social and Moral Welfare of our community.
We welcome membership interest from any man or woman of legal majority, good moral character and community reputation who recognizes Lions as a vehicle through which they can make a contribution to the community, expand their acquaintances and make some wonderful friends.
The Lions are the largest service club organization in the world with over 1.3 million members. The members of our club represent all walks of life: employees, business people and retirees - male and female members. Though we come from every corner of the social, economic and religious spectrum, we are united in our desire to provide aid and support to those in our community who are in need. If you are motivated to offer help to your neighbors who can benefit from it, you will find many opportunities for personal fulfillment by joining with us.
The Bremerton Central Lions Club was well represented at the 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony at Evergreen Rotary Park on September 11th, in the shadow of two steel beams from the twin towers that were attacked in 2001. Lion Dave Fergus - the architect of the display - again was the Master of Ceremonies, and was assisted by Lion Mayor Patty Lent and Navy Petty Officer Doug Herold, husband of Lion Jennifer Herold, as well as U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer. A number of other club members were also in attendance.
The club's annual blackberry slug sale at the Blackberry Fest on the Bremerton Boardwalk went over the top in the three day event over the Labor Day weekend. Gross sales topped $7,500 compared to $4,900 last year, and at times the lines were so long we couldn't make them fast enough. No worry though, the customers were as patient as they were determined, to get their hands on the gooey decadent delight known in these parts as a blackberry slug. It was a good thing that all the slots were filled on every shift because we needed every single dedicated Lion that signed up. We did order more doughnuts than last year based on last year's sales, but we still ran out on both Sunday and Monday. What a weekend - a grand time was had by all!
Farewell Party for Kure Exchange Students
On August 18th, Lion Bob Battin once again hosted the farewell party for the three exchange students from Bremerton's Sister City of Kure, Japan. The three Bremerton students were just back from their one month stay with their Japanese host families in Kure, so the six students had plenty of stories and memories to share with each other. This is the 48th year of the Bremerton-Kure Sister City program, and the 20th consecutive year that Lion Bob has chaired our Sister City Committee. From the beginning, the Bremerton Central Lions has assisted the City of Bremerton in administering the program. In addtion to the annual student exchange, each city sends a delegation to make an official visit to their counterpart every five years. Here are a few images from the farewell party:
District 19C Banner Passing
On July 10th, the Bremerton Central Lions Club hosted the annual District 19C Banner Passing event at Lions Park. This event marks the official transfer of banners from the outgoing district officers to those that are replacing them for the new Lions year, beginning on July 1st. Outgoing District Governor Al Hedstrom passed his banner to Jan Weatherly, followed by the rest of the officers. The program included our fellow Lion Jim Lamb receiving his Zone Chair pin from the outgoing District Governor. After the official program, many of the attendees unfurled a Lions Clubs International Centennial banner and marched parade style around the perimeter of the Park. Several veterans of the event remarked it was the best one they could remember.
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.